Classes

DCA is committed to providing students of all ages and levels with the opportunity to advance their skills in an informal, yet structured studio environment.

For the most up-to-date information on available classes, please visit us our calendar.

Check out our catalog for the full list of classes we have to offer this season!

Class discounts are offered to DCA members. Join today!

Interested in Teaching at DCA? Check out our New Class Proposal Form

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**Supply lists for classes may be obtained from the Dorchester Center for the Arts. We recommend that you order your supplies at least ten (10) days prior to the first class. Shop at Dick Blick  or go to smile.amazon.com and enter Dorchester Center for the Arts as your supported charity. DCA will receive a donation from your purchase price at both of these sites! For more information call the Center at 410.228.7782.

Instructors

Warren Saunders

Warren is a master decoy carver born and raised on a farm in Dorchester County. Warren spent his early life studying waterfowl in their natural surroundings. Warren studied with noted carvers over the years and has become one of the noted experts in his craft. He participates in exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States. He became an Open Class Carver over 22 years ago and was notified by the international Wood Carver’s Association congratulating him on being amongst the top 120 top carvers in the country.

Stephanie Przybylek

Stephanie’s art is a colorful but carefully observed take on creatures, fueled by a love of nature and travel far and wide. Stephanie has a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and an MA in Art History from University of Delaware.

After many years in the museum field as a curator, exhibit designer, and administrator, Stephanie decided to return to creating her own art. She sells her work, has illustrated children’s books, and teaches art to learners of all ages. She works in a wide variety of materials, from acrylics and gouache, colored pencils, and even to found objects and driftwood — anything to provide inspiration and appreciation of the natural world.

Find Stephanie at www.CreativeAnimal.net

Paulina Berczynski & Amanda Walters (Feral Fabric)

Paulina Berczynski was born in Lodz, Poland, and is based in Berkeley, California. Her practice is focused on textiles, print-making, and relational art forms. She is invested in cultivating empowerment and collectivity through experimentation and participation and seeks to provide a critical perspective on socially-normative and capitalist structures.

Born and raised in the state of Florida, Amanda Walters is an interdisciplinary artist, who writes, weaves, sews, and makes soft sculptures. Her work explores the strange and well-manicured history of her home state, images of the tropics, and page 9 stories from the newspaper.  She is based in Oakland, California

Find Feral Fabrics at www.feralfabric.com

Leah Yael Levy

Yael Levy a mixed media artist, storyteller, printmaker, and art teacher based in Berkeley, CA. I draw, paint, collage, and write. I often self publish my work, and sometimes print and bind it by hand. I love playing with forms and format and mixing digital and tactile techniques.

Born and raised in Israel, I first moved to New York City in 2002 to attend the Art Students League of New York, later I completed a BFA of Illustration from Parsons (2011). After four years doing design and illustrations for The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, I moved to California to pursue an MFA in Comics at CCA (2017). In recent years I’ve been a teaching artist with Kala Art Institute, Richmond Art Center, and JCC of the East Bay. My work has been published by The Nib (2018), Birdy Magazine(2019), and Forward Comix (2017 & 2020).

Find Yael at www.leahyaellevy.com/

Diana Evans

Diana Evans has been teaching watercolor technique for over 9 years. She enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and the wildlife of the Eastern Shore. Diana enjoys teaching beginning students and encourages her students to request subjects that are of interest to them.

Robert Gladney

Robert’s profession is art and design. He is multi talented and has studied the fine arts of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design at various art schools across the country. Always keen to help others experience the joy that he has found in art, he particularly enjoys the beginning students and is always there to answer questions and help the student figure out the answers.

Windy Karpavage

Windy is a fiber artist and owner of Kaire’je Studios, a fiber arts retail business on Taylor’s Island that carries high quality and unusual fibers and materials. Windy is passionate about knitting and felting and is familiar with many fiber art forms. She has worked as a test knitter for a knitwear designer where she perfected fine finishing details. She currently teaches knitting at DCA and helps knitters new and experienced bring their own unique flare to their work.

Find Windy at w.b.karpavage on Facebook.

Barbara Zuehlke

Barbara Zuehlke is an award winning Eastern Shore artist. She works in various mediums from serigraph to oil, focusing primarily on watercolor. Using wet pigment on wet paper (wet on wet), Barbara creates a softness and flow that is exciting when combined with the sharp, clean edges of working on dry paper. Barb creates beauty for your enjoyment; believing that good drawing is the basis for good painting and that the observer needs to feel the medium… “the flow and transparency of watercolor or the rich gooeyness of oil.”

Find Barb at www.barbarazuehlke.com.

Emily Hobgood Thomas

Emily Hobgood Thomas is an artist from Morehead City, North Carolina. Emily makes photographs with varying degrees of manipulation that investigate the socioeconomic impact of tourism. At this time, Emily’s work focuses on the Outer Banks region of North Carolina.

Emily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a Concentration in Painting. In 2020, Emily earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Find Emily at www.emilyhobgoodthomas.com.

Alex Boersma

ALEX BOERSMA is freelance scientific illustrator and designer from Toronto, Ontario. After studying geology and studio art at Vassar College in New York, Alex worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, conducting research on whale evolution in the Pyenson Lab, Paleobiology department. Articles on her research have appeared in multiple news outlets, including the New York Times, BBC News, Nature, and the Washington Post.

Having completed a Master’s certificate in Science Illustration at CSU Monterey Bay, Alex is currently based in Chicago. Her focus is on using visual storytelling to engage the public in scientific ideas and the natural world. Working in a variety of mediums, both traditional and digital, Alex also has a particular love of printmaking and incorporating unconventional mediums in science illustration.

Find Alex at www.alexboersma.com.